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Durant reached high, sometimes too high, in developing Great Camps

April 9, 2014 Recently I reread “Durant: The Fortunes and Woodland Camps of a Family in the Adirondacks,” by Craig Gilbor. more »»

 
 
 
‘Caretakers’ is a fast-paced follow up for Sheffield

March 26, 2014 Jamie Sheffield’s new installment in the Tyler Cunningham series is another fast-paced thriller with the intimate knowledge of the Adirondacks that will give local readers some satisfying context. more »»

Character seeks solitude in the wilderness

March 12, 2014 It is minus 28 degrees when we meet Lily Martindale. more »»

‘Hides, Hemlocks and Adirondack History’

February 26, 2014 Every now and then I pick a book off my shelf that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Sometimes a "while" calculates to a few years. more »»

‘Among Friends: A Quaker Boy at the Battle of Plattsburgh’

February 12, 2014 What do you get when you mix a troubled dreamer with a young man itching to join the Battle of Plattsburgh? Toss in an abolitionist preacher for good measure. more »»

Review: ‘JFK’s Last 100 Days’

January 29, 2014 Thurston Clarke, who lives on Lake Champlain in Willsboro, authored “Ask Not,” which describes the composing of President John Kennedy’s inaugural address. more »»

Exciting account of Rogers’ rangers

January 15, 2014 When we read about the exploits of Navy Seals, Green Berets and other elite military groups, we should understand that all these groups had their progenitor in a man named Robert Rogers. more »»

‘The Ruby Seat’ turns coping into mysticism

January 2, 2014 (Editor’s note: “Read in the Blue Line” normally runs on Wednesdays, but since there’s no Enterprise New Year’s Day, it’s running today. more »»

‘Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska’

December 18, 2013 When he was 59, Rockwell Kent Jr. told his famous artist-father, who would soon pass away at his AuSable Forks farm, “The year we spent together on Fox Island was the happiest of all my life. more »»

‘Neighbors of Yesterday’

December 4, 2013 Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. For me it's a family occasion, one that's not diluted by the need to think about what presents everyone might like. more »»

‘Mothers in Academia’

November 6, 2013 ‘Mothers in Academia,” a book of essays by and about women studying and working in universities, is not my usual fare, which runs toward novels set in small towns and Adirondack nonfiction. more »»

Book adds to Adirondack history

October 23, 2013 An old adage asserts that the best way to get a million dollars is to begin with two million. Certainly such opportunity has been available in the Adirondacks. more »»

Girl flees from bullies into wilderness

October 9, 2013 LeeAnne Baker’s debut young-adult novel, “Lost,” is a sensitive portrayal of teenage bullying. more »»

‘Up on a Hill and Thereabouts — An Adirondack Childhood’

September 25, 2013 Gloria Stubbing Rist’s Adirondack childhood begins in the Bronx where she is living with her mother and paternal grandparents. more »»

‘The Civil War of 1812’ by Alan Taylor

September 11, 2013 With the annual commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh approaching, my attention turns to the War of 1812. more »»

‘In All the Wrong Places’

August 28, 2013 The stories in Patrick Egan’s new collection, “In All the Wrong Places,” are an unsettling, emotionally fraught mix of memoir and fiction. more »»

Alluring account of Northville-Placid Trail

August 14, 2013 In “The Allure of Deep Woods,” author Walt McLaughlin narrates a two-week hike along the entire length of the Northville-Placid Trail. more »»

Reflections books take a closer look

July 31, 2013 Our technology encourages so much sharing of so much data, a fire hose of information and images hitting us from every direction, that gentle, literary essays might seem an antiquated art form. more »»

‘Good Ol’ Fish Creek’

July 17, 2013 “Good Ol’ Fish Creek” by Ed Larkin is both frank and joyful. The writing style is simple, minimally structured, and unabashadly conversational. more »»

Strong characters, plot propel ‘River’s Tale’

June 5, 2013 Michael Virtanen’s “The River’s Tale” is the story of Alison Reade, who realizes her former boyfriend will not take “no” for an answer and decides the safest place for her is her aunt’s Adirondack... more »»

‘Cover of Snow’ by Jenny Milchman

May 22, 2013 In the opening pages of Jenny Milchman’s “Cover of Snow” (Ballantine Books, New York), Nora Hamilton wakes to find that her policeman husband Brendan has hanged himself. more »»

 
 

 

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April 14, 2014 There has been what I consider very good economic news recently here in Saranac Lake. The governor has given a total of $7 million dollars towards two local hotel projects. more »

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